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PHILADELPHIA - As is tradition, Penn (7-5) and Princeton (9-5) will kick off the Ivy League season. The women will mark the first game of a doubleheader at Jadwin Gym on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. tip. The men’s edition of the Quakers-Tigers rivalry will start at 6 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Video is free to PSN subscribers. Twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available throughout the contest. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Princeton
Princeton has won the last eight meetings overall and seven straight over the Quakers at Jadwin Gym. Penn’s last win in the series was an 85-78 triumph in the 2008 season finale. The Quakers last won in Princeton on Feb. 1, 2005—a 61-59 win in the only double overtime game in the history of the series. The Penn-Princeton series dates back to 1974. The Tigers also won the first eight meetings and own a 49-23 all-time edge in 72 games against the Quakers. Penn is just 10-24 inside Jadwin Gym. Princeton is one of two Ivy teams Coach McLaughlin has yet to beat (Harvard).

About the Tigers
Princeton has won 13 consecutive home games and 24 straight Ivy contests. This season, the Tigers have gone 9-5 against the non-conference. They have two common opponents with the Quakers with wins over Drexel and at Saint Joseph’s. Penn lost at Drexel and at home to the Hawks. Princeton is near the top of the Ivies in nearly every statistical category. The Tigers are 18th in the nation in rebounding (Penn is 307th). They are tops in scoring (69.4 ppg) and second to Penn in defense (57.9 ppg). They lead the league in assists (15.4 pg) and are second in steals. The only dent in the armor is free thow percentage (seventh in Ivies). Niveen Rasheed leads the league in scoring with 16.9 ppg and steals at 2.4 per game. She is third in assists at 3.3 apg and is second in rebounding at 9.1 rpg. Mariah Smith is fifth in the league with 13 blocks, Balke Dietrick has a team-high 24 threes, while Kristen Helmstetter has a team-best shooting percentage of 50.5.

Lucky Sevens
Penn has posted seven or more out-of-conference wins in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in program history (1999-00, 2000-01). Penn also won seven non-league games last season—which is tied for fourth-most in program history.

From the Win....
Some notables from Penn’s win over Morgan State on Tuesday:
- Penn’s 39 first-half points were a season-high.
- Penn’s 79 points were the most in regulation under Coach McLaughlin.
- Penn won for the first time under Coach McLaughlin when allowing more than 70 points—the Quakers were 0-13 under that circumstance entering the contest.
- Sophomore Katy Allen posted her first career double-double (10-10).

Penn Trends
Penn is 6-1 when leading at the half and 1-4 when trailing (only win was 18-point school-record comeback at St. Francis Brooklyn) ... The Quakers have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in 10 of 12 games this season (7-3 in those games) ... Penn has won eight of their last 11 non-conference home games ... The Quakers have outrebounded their opponent just three times this year, but are 3-0 in those games ... Penn is 7-2 with its current starting lineup of Baron, Ray, Roche, Allen and Bonenberger ... In 12 games, six different Quakers have led the team in scoring this year, including five different players in the last seven games ... Including ties, six different Quakers have led the team in rebounding in the first 12 games, including four different player in the last four games ... Three different Quakers have scored more than 20 points in a game this season (Baron, Roche, Ray) ... Alyssa Baron has started 68 consecutive games for the Quakers ... Junior Meghan McCullough played in 59 straight games dating back to the 2010-11 season opener prior to suffering a season-ending injury at Army (Nov. 18).

Climbing the Record Books
Junior Alyssa Baron moved into 10th place all-time at Penn in career scoring on Tuesday. She now has 1,117 career points and is seven away from passing Carrie Biemer for ninth place. Baron became the 19th Penn women’s player to reach 1,000 career points on Nov. 30. She is the third-fastest Quaker to accomplish that milestone (60 games) and the first since Biemer topped the landmark in 2008. Only Penn’s all-time leading scorer (man or woman), Diana Caramanico (48 games) and Mandy West (52 games) were faster to 1,000 points.

Trip to Iowa
In case you missed it, here's a video documenting Penn's trip to Iowa over the holiday break. The Quakers won both games at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge in Ames and had a lot of fun in between:

A Penn Win Would...
... be the first in an Ivy opener since 2005 (vs. Yale).
... mark the third victory in the last four Ivy road games dating back to last season.
... make the Quakers 8-5 on the year and 1-0 in the Ivy League.

A Penn Loss Would...
... be the ninth straight to Princeton and eighth straight at Jadwin Gym.
... make the Quakers 7-6 on the year and 0-1 in the Ivy League.
... be less good than a win.

Charge for a Cure!
For the third straight year the women’s basketball team is dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. In its first two years, 109 donors have joined the “Charge for a Cure” program which helped the team raise nearly $7,000. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program—The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Go4theGoal, the American Cancer Society, The Dave Bryan Ride on Fund, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America. At the end of each month, the coaches will total the number of offensive charges the Quakers have taken as a team and fans can pledge a donation per charge. This month the Quakers will be taking charges for the American Cancer Society, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. Here is how you can help!

Join Today!
Last Game: 2
January Total: 2
Season Total: 17

Last Time Out
Junior Alyssa Baron had 28 points - the most for any Quaker this season - while sophomore Katy Allen posted her first career double-double and sophomore Kara Bonenberger added 15 points and seven boards in a fast-paced 79-73 home win over Morgan State on Tuesday at The Palestra. A strange twist enabled the Quakers to pull ahead for good in the final minutes. Penn led by one, 69-68, with just under three minutes to play when Morgan State was called for a technical foul with six players on the court. Sophomore Kathleen Roche sunk both free throws, the Quakers got a stop and then Bonenberger hit a pair from the charity stripe for a five-point lead with 1:31 to play. The Bears briefly got to within three, but Penn made 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to keep the visitors at bay. The Quakers scored 10 of the last 14 in the first frame, capped by a Baron three at the buzzer for a 39-35 edge at intermission. A 16-5 spurt gave the Quakers a 55-46 lead with 11:28 to play. Penn led 69-60 when junior Courtney Wilson sunk a baseline jumper. An 8-0 run by the Bears made it a one-point game, 69-68, with 3:16 to go, but momentum was halted when they were caught with six players on the court after a timeout.

Up Next
Two more non-conference matchups remain. Both are against Philadelphia Big 5 opponents. Penn must win both games to clinch the program’s first-ever Big 5 title. First up is Villanova of the Big East at The Palestra on Wednesday. Then a week later, Temple visits the Cathedral of College Basketball on Jan. 23. Both tip at 7 p.m.

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